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Guy Bourdin: Image Maker

There’s just five days and counting until the Guy Bourdin: Image Maker exhibition closes its doors after an extended run at Somerset House. If you’re in London and can make it past the fashion pack (and the photographers baying for their blood) hanging around the place over the next few days for LFW, the retrospective is definitely worth a visit.

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Beginning his career in the mid-‘50s and honing his expertise under the guidance of Man Ray, Bourdin is renowned for a high-shine, high-fashion, highly-saturated aesthetic and notably, the distinctive narrative that runs throughout his work.

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As well as these stylised final images, the exhibition offers a chance to see the work behind the images – from the Polaroid test shots, contact sheets and composition sketches, to the Super-8 shorts he made throughout the shoots, including one never-seen-before film.

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The exhibition is at Somerset House until Sunday. Tickets and more information are here.

40% off at Modern Fairytale Club

With Christmas around the corner, we have teamed up with our very good friends at Modern Fairytale Club to offer our readers a HUGE 40% off your purchases!

Working with local Artists and based in ‘The North’, Modern Fairytale Club comprises two  brothers who have been making waves with their unique style and ethos, even taking on the Poundshops in their hometown.

See some of their brand new stock here:



Or the classic logo tee, in a range of acid-bright colourways…



To get your huge savings simply visit their ASOS shop here, then enter the code ‘40READERS‘ at the checkout.

You can find out more about Modern Fairytale Club and follow them via their Facebook page here. You can also visit their Depop here.

Oscar de la Renta

The famed designer has died aged 82, after a long battle with cancer. Having dressed Michelle Obama, and former first ladies Jackie Kennedy, Laura Bush and Hilary Clinton to more recently designing the dress Amal Clooney wore down the aisle, his work has been coveted by the A-List crowds since the early 60’s.

A stylistic force whose work spans decades and made a huge impact on both the catwalk and red carpets alike. He was born in the Dominican Republic, moving to Spain to study painting before working in fashion houses in Paris, later forming his own brand which catapulted him to success.

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“Now is the most exciting time in fashion. We live in an era of globalization and the era of the woman. Never in the history of the world have women been more in control of their destiny.”

– Oscar de la Renta

View the Oscar de la Renta brand homepage here.

Le Boutique Bazaar- Alternative Fashion Market‏

For all you crazy, beautiful freaks this is the event for you! From Torture Garden & Wasted Chic Fashion Sales this event is a brand new alternative clothing market, which will feature a whole host of fantastically outrageous clothing by some of the hottest alternative brands.

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LBB Back of Flyer

Music will be provided by some of the Torture Garden crew and the event promises to be interesting and entertaining for fashion lovers and those who like a bit of naughtiness in their wardrobes.

EJECTO’S CLOTHING SS/13 – ‘City Rockers’


Today sees the drop of the brand new Ejecto’s Clothing Spring/Summer 2013 ‘City Rockers’ range – and it’s looking real dope!

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Girl Power!

So before i enter 2013, i thought i would share one of my favourite upcoming trends with you guys. Girl power has been creeping up on us for a while and it has finally arrived. Take the sound of modern day bands, Vivian Girls and Best Coast with The Cranberries add a little sprinkle of Spice girls the movie (a guilty pleasure of mine) and classic 90’s TV shows, Clarissa explains it all and my so called life – Ladies and gentlemen we have ourselves the modern and playful 90’s trend!

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90’s spirit –  WGSN trend board.

The catwalks were filled with 90’s girl power,  models skipped down the runway sporting big bunches, bulky frayed braids and lots of ponytails. You want scrunchies you’ve got them, glitter, velvet, printed, the choice goes on and on. The pretty grunge trend has a dreamy, youthful essence, dominant delicate colour palettes of pastels works well with retro prints, lace and denim. Go playful with frosted pink lips, blushed cheeks and pastel hair dyes – a great way to complete the look.

Get creative and  show your inner spice girl with modern platforms, halter necks and coordinating colours. Alternatively grunge the trend up, wearing lots of layers, double denims and big black flatforms. You can go as girly or grungy as you desire, just remember to find your 90’s spirit in 2013.

Words. Johanna Bras’

Bad is Better

Oliver Lancaster Smith X Modern Fairytale Club

Boys & Girls – Only £14.90 (+P&P)
The T-Shirts are available right now on ASOS.




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Photography: Ben Coletta
Model: Becky
Direction: Sally
Motion Graphics: Sholto Smith

Modern Fairytale Club x Oliver Lancaster Smith

Modern Fairytale-Club x Oliver Lancaster Smith
‘Bad is Better’ Limited edition T-Shirt.


Photography: Ben Coletta
Model: Becky
Direction: Sally
Motion Graphics: Sholto Smith

Remember kiddies, Bad is Better! 666

Powder Ridge Rock Festival – August, 1970

“The Powder Ridge Rock Festival was scheduled to be held July 31- August 2, 1970 in Middlefield, Connecticut. A legal injunction forced the event to be canceled, keeping the musicians away; but a crowd of 30,000 attendees arrived anyway, to find no food, no entertainment, no adequate plumbing, and at least seventy drug dealers. William Manchester wrote: “Powder Ridge was an accident waiting to happen, and it happened.” Volunteer doctor William Abruzzi declared a drug “crisis” on 1 August and said “Woodstock was a pale pot scene. This is a heavy hallucinogens scene.”
– Wikipedia

Great pictures from Brill Gallery via Retronaut.


Over the years, “Bella Donnas” have graced our screens with their beauty. One shot and we were all stunned by their classic, glamorous and graceful poise. Take at look at a few of my favourite  faces which have inspired me.



I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.

Bacall hit our screens in the 1940’s and 50’s. The American actress starred in films “To have and have not” and “The Big Sleep”. She later married regular co-star Humphrey Bogart and what an influential and chic couple they were! Lauren Bacall always managed to fuse girlish innocence with sultry sinners. Her husky voice and trademark arch eyebrows, thick waves and flawless skin is why she is still remembered today as a forever beauty.



– Any girl can look glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.

If one beauty had it all, Lamarr was it. They say beauty and brains is a rare exception, Hedy Lamarr was that exception. This Austrian actress of the 40’s was nicknamed “The most beautiful woman in films”. Nude scenes of Lamarr came as no surprise to us, this seductive kitten had a body to die for and was not afraid to flaunt it.  With a pout to kill, you would not believe this doe-eyed beauty was also a rocket scientist? Whatever she did, she did in style. Chic and glamorous, wearing mostly off the shoulder gowns with a feminine touch of lace or pleats. This beauty lives on, in more ways then one.



                – I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can’t possess radiance, you can only admire it.

Elizabeth Taylor is a name which will go down in history. The British born American actress  first appeared on our screens mid 40’s and she took the world by storm, starring in “Jane Ayre” “BUtterfield 8” and “Cleopatra” . Her glamorous lifestyle, radiant beauty and superb talent made her a woman we all adored. Taylor was born with a strange mutation leaving her with two sets of eyelashes, this only enhanced the stunning violet- blue eyes of hers, resulting in a breathtaking and captivating face. One thing to remember about Elizabeth Taylor is- she will forever be the queen of jewellery. Diamonds, pearls, gems – anything that sparkles she wore. The glamorous Jewell with shine on with her beauty legacy.



– I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful.

The woman whose beauty lives on. The American actress, model , singer and sex symbol touched the hearts of many. The 50’s and 60’s star adored the camera, and the camera adored her right back. Her platinum locks, curvacious figure and red lips were a definite trademark of Marilyn’s. Her charismatic behavior and individual beauty wooed the preseident, made her the very first face to feature on the  issue of Playboy magazine, she even appeared on the sleeve of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It is easy to see her beauty and style has inspired us all. Cheeky, classy and legendary, Marilyn Monroe-  Loved by many, hated by some, remembered by all.


-I never thought I’d land in pictures with a face like mine.

My final beauty is the iconic and truly original Audrey Hepburn. When i was a little girl my mother had me sit and watch many famous films featuring this star. Audrey was different from all other classic beauties. She broke the mold of Hollywood glamor- with her elfin like features and tall slender frame. Before Hepburn it was all about curves and curves, her  androgynous look is what made her unique. She was adored by the public and effortlessly became one of the coolest, chicest woman to grace our screen. Voted the most beautiful woman of all time,  she had a certain je ne sais quoi about her which was indescribable. Hepburn’s defying role happened in 1961- with the desirable and adorable Holly Golightly  in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s “. She was a true beauty who took our breath away. Her legacy of style, class and giving back to the world lives on. “how do i look”- still as classic as ever.

so there you have it. Classic beauties. who is your favourite?

Words Johanna Bras’.